As part of our 2012 season preview, we’re counting down the top 25 players in the ACC for this season, from 25 to one. Obviously these lists are always completely subjective, so feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts in the comments.
Being an offensive lineman at Georgia Tech is no easy task. Yet, despite the difficulties involved with blocking for the triple option, Omoregie Uzzi has managed to arrive at his senior year for the Wreck. On the watchlist for both the Outland and Lombardi trophies this season, Uzzi is the leader of an impressive group tasked with opening up space for a dynamic, run-first attack. His 24 career starts on the line are tied for 10th in the conference, and at this point, he’s established a national reputation as a physical, imposing force in the running game.
In 13 games last year, Tech only allowed 13 sacks. Now, while part of that is due to the lower number of dropbacks, the other half of that equation goes to celebrate how well-rounded a group the team has on their hands. If Uzzi wants to fully live up to the hype and deliver the “number one rushing game in the nation,” as fellow guard Will Jackson boasted this summer, he must be fully committed to the cause. A-back Orwin Smith doesn’t open up those running lanes by himself, so Uzzi must continue to use his immense size to make up for a lack of real quickness.
If Uzzi keeps up his end of the bargain in 2012, Georgia Tech could surely pose a challenge in the ACC’s Coastal Division, and he could be well on his way to a first-round payday this coming April.